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jmb
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:35 am    Post subject: Site optimisation Reply with quote

I've been doing some more site optimisation...

Before I flip the Big Switch to activate it for all users of the forum, perhaps some enthusiastic people might be able to help check out the changes?

In your forum profile near the bottom there's an entry for Board Style: - if you could try changing that to subSilverOptimised and saving the profile, that'll make a subtle difference to the way the board pages are displayed for you - when logged in.

If you do try this, could you you please let me know here if it causes you any problems (different graphics, text, or other odd behaviour) - or if it looks good - that'd be most welcome. (Adding a note of which web browser/OS you're using would also be useful.)

You may find that the apparent speed of page loading improves a little, but it's primarily aimed at avoiding too much traffic from search engines. If you do notice a significant improvement, that's great, and please do let me know...

cheers,
James

[edited 2007-01-19 to rework badly-worded description]
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've changed it... first thoughts, is anything different?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's intended to look exactly the same. The differences should all be in the performance, primarily in terms of data transfer volume and caching behaviour.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've made the change too.
What change?
As you say everything looks just the same as before.

And I'm on a Mac so perhaps that's another box ticked! Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Works OK for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Working well for me - I think it may be a bit quicker.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to be quicker. Very Happy

I'm using Windows XP Pro & Internet Explorer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: ... and more Reply with quote

When I'm happy that everything is stable with the last round of optimisation, I have another ready to roll.

This one (for the interested, it's about template caching) is directed more at speed of page display for users, by reducing how much work the server has to do for each page. I'd guess it would only make a noticeable difference at times when the server is very busy, but it might have a general improvement.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OT - Every time I read this title I see 'site optimism'. Now if you guys could flick a switch and work on that... Very Happy

We now return you to your regular programme
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh. Sorry, I'm afraid the optimism department is out for a long lunch...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sneaking a peek into the database behind the forum tells me that 17 people are currently using the new settings - I know of 7, so either the rest haven't found any problems, are waiting until they've found problems - or have found such awful problems that they can't access the site any more!

Feedback on this - even if just to confirm that things haven't gone horribly wrong for some particular browser - would be welcome...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in...will keep an eye on it
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just changed over to it. Faster loading, much faster loading in fact. I'm using Windows XP Pro, with Firefox 2.0.0.11
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, syberberg, good to hear about a definite improvement!

Which puts me in mind of - I don't know if anyone here is using Dial-up instead of broadband, but it should certainly make a significant difference in that case...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using XP Pro and Firefox with a painfully slow (dialup speed) GPRS connection through T-Mobile. I changed this evening, but haven't used it enough to notice much difference yet. I find the speed varies quite a bit anyway.
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